Recently the UFC had a problem: they couldn’t find anyone to fight the recently added UFC killer Glover Teixeira. He’s such a tough opponent with so little name recognition that Shogun Rua’s management allegedly said they’d rather risk getting cut than fight him. That has left the UFC in a little bit of a bind. Who will they get to fight Glover?
Fortunately, the promotion also had another problem: Rampage Jackson. Or to be more specific, Rampage Jackson saying he’s sick of the UFC and that he wants to be released. A few months ago the UFC said ‘Fine, sure, you can go after one more fight.’ They set up a rematch with Shogun, who’d whupped Quinton’s ass back in ’05. Unfortunately, the day after that was announced, Rampage went and got double knee surgery.
So now the UFC plans to kill two birds with one stone: they’re going to book Glover Teixeira up against Rampage Jackson at UFC 153 in October. Not only does this give Glover a nice juicy name to springboard his career up off of, it teaches Rampage a lesson in pissing off his bosses.
The UFC has a bit of a history of burying its departing stars with difficult fights. Andrei Arlovski was matched up against human blanket Jake O’Brien on the prelims of UFC 82 and Roger Huerta was fed to Gray Maynard on his way out of the promotion. Arlovski won, but no one saw it. Huerta did not, but even that didn’t stop the UFC from removing the fight from all future replays of that event.
So I’m sure there’s a lot of high fives and giggling going on down at UFC headquarters as they’ve paired Quinton Jackson up agaisnt a guy who won’t hesitate to wrestle him to the ground and pound his face into the mat. But I can’t help but feel like us fans are missing out. What happened to the Shogun rematch? That’s a fight worth making, and this is pretty much gonna be the last opportunity for it to be made.
I’m sure Glover will put on a great performance and all that, but Rampage / Shogun 2 would have been an epic fight, both hype-wise and performance wise. Instead, we lose out and it feels like it’s over bullsh*t fight politics.